Rep. Regunberg praises executive order on net neutrality
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Aaron Regunberg, who this session introduced legislation (2018-H 7422) to maintain net neutrality in Rhode Island, expressed his excitement about Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s decision to sign an executive order today mirroring his legislation.
“This is a huge day for all of us who value a free and open internet, and I am so grateful to the governor for taking this important step,” said Representative Regunberg. “Back in January, I joined with free speech advocates, civil liberties groups and tech entrepreneurs to call on state leaders to step up and pass policy to maintain the principles of net neutrality for our community. This principle — that once you’ve paid your internet access fee, you should be able to go where you want, when you want, how you want on the internet, and big cable companies shouldn’t be able to discriminate based on content or competition or political context — has made the internet one of the few remaining public squares where everyone is on the same level. I am thrilled that the governor is endorsing the principles of net neutrality in this historically important executive order, and I am thankful to all the Rhode Islanders who have come together over the last four months to call for state action to make it harder for the big providers to slice and dice and segregate content. This is a great step, and I am excited to continue working to maintain a free and open internet here in Rhode Island.”
For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903